Melissa Lucio: Family members, activists, politicians and celebrities plead for mercy to avoid her execution in Texas

Melissa Lucio: Family members, activists, politicians and celebrities plead for mercy to avoid her execution in Texas

Melissa Lucio’s execution is scheduled for April 27 (Photo: JEFF LEACH / STATE REPRESENTATIVE JEFF LEACH / AFP)

Melissa Lucio’s life could end next Wednesday, April 27, after she was sentenced to death in the state of Texas for the sudden death of her daughter Mariah Álvarez in 2007. The controversial case of the Mexican-American has caused great outrage both in the United States and in the international community, which is why her 12 children have sought help from different organizations to prevent their mother from being sentenced to death for a crime he allegedly did not commit.

Although the Mexican government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) issued no statement on the matter, on the night of Thursday, April 21, the Aztec country’s ambassador to the United States, Esteban Moctezuma, communicated via his account Twitter who sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott asking him to grant executive clemency to Melissa Elizabeth LucioHowever, no response was received from the President of the US State.

The more the days pass, the desperation to stop the decision of the American Court against Melissa Lucio increases and, in this way, at least 83 Texas state legislators have joined the petition, as well as the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, human rights activist groups and even celebrities such as the socialite and the businesswoman kim kardashian.

Melissa Elizabeth Lucio, the first Latina to be sentenced to death in the state of Texas (Photo: EFE)
Melissa Elizabeth Lucio, the first Latina to be sentenced to death in the state of Texas (Photo: EFE)

Melissa Elizabeth Lucio is a mother of 12 children, who They have repeatedly defended their mother’s innocence, arguing that the death of their two-year-old sister Mariah was accidental. and that their mother never raped them despite a past marked by abuse, violence and drugs.

Melissa’s execution date was scheduled for April 27 Thus, two days after the fateful event, his relatives redoubled their efforts to suspend the death sentence to which she was sentenced. In this way, activists demonstrated in different cities of the United States to ask for leniency from the governor of Texas for the life of someone who could become the first Latin American woman to be executed by the state.

Texas Governor May Stop Execution of Melissa Lucio (Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Phot/File Photo)
Texas Governor May Stop Execution of Melissa Lucio (Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Phot/File Photo)

Among those who doubt Lucio’s guilt are 83 Texas lawmakers, directed by Jeff Leach and Joe Moody. The bipartisan group sent a letter last month to the state Board of Pardons and Parole and Governor Greg Abbott saying He requested that the execution be suspended or that the sentence be commuted. A spokeswoman for Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Likewise, several members of the jury who were present at Melissa Lucio’s trial doubted her resolve, as is the case of Johnny Galvan Jr. who he believes the jurors weren’t given all the information they needed to make a proper decision, and that he now feels “deep remorse” for sentencing Lucio to death.

Melissa Lucio exhausted almost every legal resource at her disposal to prevent his execution, however, his defense promoted a clemency petition, which is usually not resolved until a few days before the execution. Prosecutors could also withdraw the execution order and agree to reconsider the case.

However, if the said appeals are dismissed, will be the governor TexasGreg Abbott, who will have the final say in deciding whether or not to grant executive clemency to the 53-year-old Latino. It is pertinent to recall that the President of the State is a staunch supporter of the death penalty and has granted executive clemency only once.

Melissa Lucio has been in prison for 14 years for a crime that did not exist.  in, this asset)
Melissa Lucio has been in prison for 14 years for a crime that did not exist. in, this asset)

In 2008, Melissa Elizabeth Lucio was found guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Mariah Álvarez. However, the case and the trial in general were marred by inconsistencies and omissions on the part of US authorities.

According to the story, Mariah had a disability that prevented her from standing, so two days before his death, he accidentally fell down some stairs. The minor’s death occurred while she was sleeping, however, when authorities checked the body, they noticed a large number of bruises and bruises, so Melissa Lucio has been arrested and charged with child abuse.

It is to highlight that, At the time Melissa was arrested, she was pregnant with twins and her 12 children were between the ages of 2 and 15. Although she initially made an effort to maintain her innocence, after several hours of questioning and intimidation by county officials, she ended up telling them what they expected to hear: that she was responsible for the death of his daughter, a premise that was enough to demand the maximum sentence against him.

The testimony of her children supported her presumption of innocence since none maintained that her mother was violent with them, on the contrary, they describe her as a loving and devoted woman. In view of this, it has been said that Melissa Lucio’s false confession came after the pressure, intimidation and violence that officers inflicted on her during interrogations.

As a lifelong survivor of sexual abuse and domestic violence, Melissa was particularly vulnerable to police coercionbut everything went wrong when at trial, he was prevented from presenting evidence that would have explained why he had made a false confession during his interrogation.

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